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Welcome to JKS! Click on our current issue to see the latest from JKS.

In our current issue, we feature essays, poems and photographs from around the country as well as from all over the state and surrounding region. Our award winning poets include X. J. Kennedy (internationally known former editor of the Paris Review and fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts); George Ella Lyon (the current Kentucky Poet Laureate); Pauletta Hansel (the first Poet Laureate of Cincinnati); Richard Taylor (former Kentucky Poet Laureate); Richard Hague (National Book Award nominee and Writer in Residence at Thomas More College); Marguerite Guzman Bouvard (Massbook award winner and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University); Rhonda Pettit (Professor, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash); Don Boes (Professor, Bluegrass Community and Technical College); Donelle Dreese (Professor, Northern Kentucky University); Kevin McHugh (Director of the Irish Culture Series at Thomas More College); Jim Webb (Social and Environmental Advocate). Our essayists include, Joe Moffett (Professor Kentucky State University); Neil Wright (Professor, Eastern Kentucky State University), Scott Goebel (Independent scholar); Jimmy Dean Smith (Professor Union College); and James Goode (Professor Emeritus Bluegrass Community and Technical College). ). This issue also contains compelling fiction from well-known Kentucky and regional writers, Ray Abbott, Steven Lansky, and James Goode.

Here is what Richard Taylor, the former Poet Laureate of the state had to say bout JKS:

The Journal of Kentucky Studies has a wider scope of any such publication I know of in the state. I especially appreciate its mix of student and professional work as well as its providing a berth for non-fiction pieces, some scholarly, some creative non-fiction. I also appreciate that it has put so many young writers in print for the first time, thus acting as a kind of literary midwife for many of us. Editing a journal of this kind year around requires an enormous amount of time and dedication. To the credit of NKU and the Dept of English, this publication has appeared year after year, providing an outlet for (mainly) Kentucky writing of every variety, doing its part in reinforcing and sustaining the flourishing tradition of Kentucky letters. Hats off to all who make the publication possible.

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